Daniel Jones powers Giants to upset win over Vikings in NFL playoffs

The New York Giants were defeated by the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16. A few weeks later, New York got their revenge in the playoffs.

The No. 6 seeded Giants outlasted the No. 3 seeded Vikings 31-24 in a thrilling NFC wildcard game.

Both teams traded big plays throughout the match. They combined for 763 total yards, 440 in the first half, where 31 points were scored.

In the fourth quarter, the Vikings tied the game at 24 on a 38-yard field goal. But the Giants responded on a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown that was capped off with a 2-yard touchdown by running back Saquon Barkley that made it 31-24.

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The Giants are the first road team to win this year’s playoffs.

Giants QB Daniel Jones looks for a pass during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC wildcard game.

Here’s what we learned during the NFC Wildcard Match:

Daniel Jones superb in his playoff debut

Jones injured the Vikings with his arm and legs. The Giants quarterback was a willing runner against a Minnesota defense that struggled to contain him.

Jones had 78 rushing yards in the win. He broke a Giants playoff record for most rushing yards by a quarterback.

He was 24 of 35 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns.

Sunday’s performance was perhaps Jones’ most complete game of his career. The Giants quarterback entered Sunday with a career passer rating of 86.5. He recorded a 114.1 passer rating in his playoff debut. The Giants had no turnovers.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley key to victory

The Vikings shut down Barkley, but the Giants running back still had some impressive plays.

New York’s first score came on a 28-yard touchdown by Barkley.

Barkley had 109 scrimmage yards (53 rushing and 56 receiving) and two touchdowns. Barkley and Jones designed the New York attack.

Giants defense contains Vikings WR Justin Jefferson

Jefferson led the NFL in receptions (128) and receiving yards (1,809) in the regular season.

But he had a modest game against New York. Jefferson saw multiple defenders for much of the game. He had seven catches for 47 yards. Five of Jefferson’s catches have come in the first quarter.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​has been forced to move on to other players. Tight end TJ Hockenson was the biggest beneficiary. He produced 10 catches for 129 yards.

Hockenson became the second Vikings tight end to have more than 100 receiving yards in a playoff game, according to NFL Research.

What the win means for New York

The Giants will face a familiar foe in the Divisional Round as they travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles, who finished the season 14-3. The Giants have lost both games to the Eagles in the regular season this year.

First victory since the 2011 playoffs

Before Sunday, the Giants hadn’t won a playoff game since winning the Super Bowl in the 2011 season.

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